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Lecture 5

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University of Toronto St. George
Political Science
Janice Stein

Political Theory 14 October 2010 Machiavelli The Prince Chapter 14 A Prince should never take his attention away from war What was now a metaphor for politics is now a reference to war Reference to Philip Heeman directs our attention back to the dedicatory letter Who is Philip Heeman? o Suggests an answer to the person on top of the hill Who was on the top of the hill? o Lorenzo was on the top of the hill. o Machiavellis knowledge which used to be theoretical is now practical in practicing war Is Cypriot a stand-in for Christ? Because Machiavelli refuses to make direct reference to Christ himself Chapter 15 What qualities are humans praised and reprimanded for? o Answer: Virtues and Vices He stresses the newness of his argument that it is emphatically new relative to his contemporaries Machiavelli but since my intent is to write something useful to all who understand it... Machiavelli concerns himself with the truth he is the first to be concerned with the factual truth rather than imaginary truth o Factual truth refers to how people do act where as the imaginary truth implies how we should act o Effectual something which has an effect on something else
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